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Meditations and mindful tips for you and the family – COVID-19

Welcome and hope you find this blog useful in this strange and challenging time.

I don’t know about you, but life feels like we’ve been put on a roller coaster (without our permission) and we are on for a ride of ups and downs.

I’ve been practising meditation for over 30 years and even I feel tested to my limit by world events.  However I have strong resillience, mentally and emotionally, because of my meditation practice.  But I realise that many people (and children) are reeling from everything and don’t have lifeskills to help them through.

So our team of Connected Kids Tutors, Trainers and Students have decided to offer some meditation practices and mindful tips on this blogpost – to be used by you, your family or both.

These are free for you to use and share.  

We know how much having this skill helps us (it’s why we teach people worldwide!) and we just want to share and help everyone have a little bit more peace of mind (and resillience) through this challenging journey.

We hope it helps and please let us know via our Facebook group, or Twitter or Facebook page (or ask us a question).  We’ll be adding more on as they come through so remember to visit this page or join our social media to be kept informed.

Namaste

 

 

 

Lorraine E Murray – Founder and the Connected Kids Team

Listen to the meditation recordings (more to come).  Watch the recordings and decide (or let your family choose) what feels best for you and your kids.

(Please note the quality of sound will vary as each person used whatever device they had to record from home!)

 

Tree of Protection Meditation for kids – by Connected Kids founder Lorraine Murray

 

Golden Spacesuit meditation for kids on the Autism spectrum – by Connected Kids founder Lorraine Murray

 

Mindful tip to engage kids in meditation – Lorraine Murray

 

Pranyama Breathing for Anxiety – by Judy Lam

 

Mindful rainbows, drawing/colouring tips by – Jackie McBeath

 

Mindful Colouring tips – by Lorraine Forsyth

 

Mindful Tips for parents – by Pippa Elwood

 

Coping mindfully with anxiety – by Tara Russo

 

Straw breath-painting – breath work (create a rainbow) – by Sue Hurst

 

Mindful Breath ideas for young kids (under 10) to reduce anxietyby Lorraine Murray

 

Sound Meditation to help boost immune system – by Gary Posner

A note from Gary... “Before you listen to the Immune Enhancing Tuning Fork Meditation. Close your eyes and start breathing. Feel each breath you take moving through your whole body. Feel your breath waking up in every cell in your body. ”

We would also suggest asking your kids to notice where they feel the sound in their body as they listen and breathe.

Should meditation be compulsory for the school curriculum?

Today I was browsing social media and read the headline ‘should meditation be compulsory in our schools?’ mum and child meditating

Now as someone who has taught and campaigned for children and young people to learn meditation and mindfulness for the past 17 years, you think my automatic answer would be a resounding ‘YES’!

But actually it isn’t…and I’ll tell you why.

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mindfulness to help you parent and educate your kids

Do you need to meditate to teach kids meditation?

We often have people who attend our connected kids courses without trying (or have little experience of) mindfulness and meditation.  We don’t discriminate anyone in this situation who wants to learn how to teach kids meditation.

But teaching kids meditation and learning for your own well being, goes hand in hand.

We have a wonderful mindfulness online course that helps beginners (adults) learn meditation or can enhance your meditation skills if you have some experience.

In the meantime here is a wonderful introduction by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. and a strong advocate for mindfulness in our society. He talks about the non-judging attitude for mindfulness.

 

Learn meditation – for you and your kids

Mindfulness Course for adults >>>

If you would like to learn how to create your very own meditations for kids/teens try our Connected Kids level 1 course – online or in-class) (This is the gateway to our professional level)

Or find ideas and tips in our book Calm Kids (beginners) or Connected Kids (working with special needs/anxiety).

If you want some creative inspiration you can listen to one of our Meditation CDs for children/teens >>>

 

Can meditation help kids with depression?

 

This week, I read a disturbing news report about the increasing use of medication for children (aged 12 or younger) who are being prescribed anti-depressants.

It found that the number of youngsters aged 12 or younger on anti-depressants has risen by 27% over the last three years.” BBC News July 2018 

Then on social media someone shared an article with a similar message in the USA.

Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 50 to 70 yearsToday, by at least some estimates, five to eight times as many high school and college students meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or anxiety disorder as was true half a century or more ago.” Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor at Boston College

So there are 3 things that concern me most:

  • children are being diagnosed with depression
  • increasingly medication is being used so for such young (and developing children).
  • that there is a waiting list for access to psychological help for kids with mental health issues

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Helping kids manage their behaviour with mindful meditation

 

I know this is an issue that many adults struggle with – both in the classroom and at home.

So my next online talk will be about this – giving you tips and mindful ideas that help you and your kids to self-regulate their behaviour… more peacefully.

If you wish to join the online talk (live and recorded) – please register here.

Please note places are limited so pre-booking is required.

 

back to school – with mindfulness

Helping kids return to school with less anxiety (and more mindfulness)

In Scotland our schools have already returned after the summer break, but in the rest of the UK (and perhaps worldwide) children and teens will be gearing up for their return.

Some will feel excited about the prospect of a new school or new term.  However many will feel anxious.

Cast your mind back to what school was like for you growing up and perhaps it will help you access some empathy and compassion for the young people in your life.

Returning back to school is a challenge for many, but we can give our kids some mindful skills to help them negotiate this tricky time.

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Helping kids be mindful during the holidays

 

Mindfulness and the holidays

The summer holidays can be a long time to spend with your kids.

You love them but your whole routine can change and even though holidays are meant to be enjoyable, they can be a little bit stressful too!

So here are some tips and ideas to help you keep up your meditation practice and help your kids practise mindfulness during the summer break.

(Photo courtesy of Jennifer Furtney Miller – “Here is my 5 year old son meditating in the pool. Trying to compose himself during a conflict with his 7 year old sister. We love this photo. He often joins us at 6am to meditate too. Namaste.”) Continue reading

15 seconds to change schools with meditation and mindfulness

 

One of my friends is an experienced mindfulness teacher.

She sent me her weekly newsletter and within that there is mention of  Dr Rick Hanson – the psychologist – with a link to one of his excellent presentations.

It was so good I thought I would include it in my regular blog (see below).

But it got me thinking.

Dr Hanson talks about the importance of him learning meditation skills, especially to help him recover from the difficult times he had growing up – you know the regular growing pains most of us go through and the feeling of not fitting in or being quite good enough.

He talks about how mindfulness has helped fill the ‘hole in his heart’ that these experiences created. Continue reading

Children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and sleep issues

(Guest blog written by one of our Connected Kids Level 1 Students from Denmark…)

Many children with ADHD have difficulty falling asleep at night, and parents of children with ADHD often see that their children rarely seem to be rested when it is time to go to school.

When children go to school or kindergarten feeling tired, it means that their internal battery is not fully charged. They get into conflict more easily, find it harder to stay focused, and their emotions are unstable because of a poor night’s sleep.

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How to help Kids in Canada thrive – with meditation and mindfulness

 

Are Kids in Canada Coping with Stress?

I’m writing this post with a focus on Canada.  Why?  Because I’ll be canada kids stress and anxiety mindfulness going there to teach in September and I wanted to find out more about how Canadian Kids could benefit from meditation.

What I find fascinating is that many of the issues facing young people in Canada are similar worldwide. 

With 1 in 5 Canadian kids diagnosed with a mental health issues and research demonstrating that meditation can help, the time is now to equip young people with these life-saving skills.

Issues include a lack of self esteem, inability to self regulate behaviour, poor body image,  bullying, high stress levels and an inability to cope. Continue reading